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Date:	Wed, 25 Jul 2012 23:54:12 -0700
From:	Marc MERLIN <>
To:	Ted Ts'o <>
Cc:	Lukáš Czerner <>,,,
	Milan Broz <>
Subject: Re: du -s src is a lot slower on SSD than spinning disk in the same laptop

On Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 11:32:23PM -0400, Ted Ts'o wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 08:40:28PM +0200, Lukáš Czerner wrote:
> > > First, I had he problem with btrfs (details below), and then I noticed that
> > > while ext4 is actually twice as fast as btrfs, it's still a lot slower at
> > > stat on my fast Samsung 830 512G SSD than my 1TB laptop hard drive (both
> > > drives being in the same thinkpad T530 with 3.4.4 kernel).
> > > 
> > > How can things be so slow? 12-13 seconds to scan 15K inodes on a freshly
> > > made filesystem (and 22 secs with btrfs, so at least ext4 wins). The same
> > > thing on my spinning drive takes fewer than 4 seconds, and SSD should be
> > > several times faster than that.
> > > SSD throughput was measured over 400MB/s on the raw device and 268MB/s
> > > through the filesystem:
> Was this an identical file system image on HDD and SSD?

Not entirely, but I did another test on similar ext4 FS, one on the SSD
and one on th HDD:

gandalfthegreat:/boot# find /boot/src | wc -l
gandalfthegreat:/boot# reset_cache; time du -sh /boot/src ; reset_cache; time du -sh /boot2/src
169M	/boot/src
real	0m5.248s

157M	/boot2/src
real	0m0.698s

gandalfthegreat:/boot# df -h /boot /boot2
Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1       241M  226M  2.5M  99% /boot
/dev/sdb2       298M  273M  9.3M  97% /boot2
gandalfthegreat:/boot# grep boot /proc/mounts
/dev/sdb2 /boot2 ext4 rw,relatime,stripe=4,data=ordered 0 0
/dev/sda1 /boot ext4 rw,relatime,discard,stripe=32,data=ordered 0 0

The only sizeable difference is that sda1 is a 4K block size I forced to
help with faster writes on the ssd.

In the example above, the SSD is almost 10 times slower than the HDD.

blktrace -d /dev/sda -o - | blkparse -i - during du is

Does that give enough info on what's going on?

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